St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from June 19, 1997

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30 Years Generations Mark Milestone at Boys and Girls Club
WHEN THE Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club opened in 1967, Fabian Turner was among the first to join."I would come here every day after school and stay until it closed," said Turner, now 41, a substitute teacher in St. Louis. "There was a great group...
3 Teen-Agers Charged with `Heinous' Killing
Three teen-agers, including a 13-year-old, were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the bludgeoning and burning death of Dairryonne Woods, a young man from East St. Louis who liked to read the Bible and help others.Police believe Woods was...
$55 Million Needed to Repair Bridges
St. Louis needs $55 million to rebuild eight deteriorating bridges or overpasses but doesn't know whether it can find the money.The situation is the latest version of the city's continuing struggle to keep up with its aging bridges. In the past 20 years,...
A Corrupt System Endures
Attorney General Jay Nixon, who vigorously defended Missouri's tough campaign finance laws in federal court two years ago, is now running for the Senate. Predictably, changed circumstances call forth changed values. Sunday, Mr. Nixon is holding a fundraising...
Afghanistan Faces Unrest over Harsh Islamic Rule
They found the young man's mutilated body in an empty lot and carried it on a plank to a police station, demanding safer streets. They shouted, "Die, Taliban! Die!"Even after Taliban police pulled up in trucks and fired automatic weapons into the air,...
A Fresh Bloom Zinnia Brings New, Lighter Fare and a Bigger Beer and Wine List into Its "New Room"
`Don't watch your step" is the new greeting at Zinnia, an old favorite dining spot. Owner and chef David J. Guempel has raised the floor in the original dining room, and guests no longer need be warned about that pesky step that could cause a diner to...
After 21 Seasons, Pitcher Martinez Says He Will Retire
Four-time All-Star Dennis Martinez announced his retirement Wednesday, ending 21 years of pitching in the major leagues. He cited the lack of an opportunity to keep pitching as his reason for leaving."After playing major-league baseball for 21 seasons,...
After 36 Years, ABC Telecasts of Pba Tour Face Final Frame
One of the longest eras in television sportscasting history comes to a sudden end Saturday - at a bowling alley nestled in the bedroom community of Fairview Heights, of all places.When ABC wraps up its coverage of the St. Clair Open at 2 p.m., a 36-...
Airing Differences
* Now a quarter-century old, public radio station KWMU has gone from a small, community-based operation to a sophisticated provider of news and information. But growth has its costs.THE EQUIPMENT was new, the acoustics were bad and the goal was simple:...
Airlines Scrambling as Tax Plans Studied
The nation's major airlines scrambled on Capitol Hill Wednesday in an effort to head off a Senate tax proposal that would force them to charge billions of dollars in new costs to airline passengers."We're running around like rabbits on a newly waxed...
Another NBC Show Has a Comedy Club Graduate
WHAT would television be without comedy clubs?Those spawning grounds for the funny men and women of the '90s have produced Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Jay Leno and many more.Among the most recent successes is Kathy Griffin,...
Another Tough One Slips by Cardinals Fall Again as Defense Falters
Fernando Valenzuela was defying those who had written his obituary - at least he was for five innings Tuesday night.The new Cardinals lefthander blanked the Milwaukee Brewers on two hits for five innings. But a disputed home run and an abominable defensive...
Apology to Blacks Is Empty Symbolism
Who thinks these things up? A proposal circulating in Congress, sponsored by six Democrats and six Republicans, reads as follows: "Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring) that the Congress apologizes to African-Americans whose...
Arms Sales to Iran Concern Secretary
China's latest sales to Iran of anti-ship missiles could backfire on China if the Iranians use them to interrupt oil commerce in the Persian Gulf, U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen said Wednesday."It contradicts China's own self-interest," Cohen said...
Around the Links
PGA TOURBuick Classic* Site: Harrison, N.Y. * Schedule: Today-Sunday. * Course: Westchester Country Club, West Course (6,779 yards, par 71). * Purse: $1.5 million. * Winner's Share: $270,000. * Television: USA (Today-Friday, 3-5 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday,...
A True Partner: Rebecca Boone Guiding Force Behind Frontier Husband
According to local historians, the adage that behind every great man is a good woman was especially true in the case of frontiersman Daniel Boone and his wife, Rebecca.From her birth until she died in 1811 at the age of 73, Rebecca Boone lived on the...
Auditions & Announcements
Pieces of 8: A professional a cappella octet, is listening for new voices for all voice parts. Position includes a monthly salary, performances and touring. To schedule an appointment, call 993- 2432.Saint Louis Symphony Children's Choirs: Auditions...
A View from the Other Side the 1960 Film "I Bombed Pearl Harbor," Now out on Video, Tells about the Big War from the Japanese Point of View
Through the lens of Hollywood, typified by such films as the 1951 John Wayne flick "Flying Leathernecks," members of the Imperial Japanese air corps have essentially been limited to one role: that of the leering maniac swooping down in his Zero to strafe...
Bad News Bearer: Beau Is Bisexual, Drug Abuser
Dear Ann Landers: For the last 18 months, I have been dating a man in his early 40s who has never been married. Things were going well until I discovered by opening one of his phone bills that he had been having phone sex.It didn't seem to be all that...
Baptists Approve Disney Boycott They Say Company Is Becoming `Anti-Christian and Anti-Family'
The Southern Baptists voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to boycott the Walt Disney Co., owner of ABC, condemning everything from the company's same-sex employee benefits to TV's "Ellen" as immoral.The resolution, passed on a show of hands by the Southern...
Best Bets for the Week of June 19-25
TonightCats And Hats: As if those cute hats weren't enough reason to go see the 55th annual Moolah Shrine Circus at the Kiel Center, check out the twisting members of the Moroc can Connection and Centron's Motor cycle stunts, as well as big cat trainer...
`Best Little' Blends Texas-Sized Energy, Sound
The Theater Guild of Webster Groves is limited in its choice of musicals by the size of its stage. The musicals that work best in the tight space are intimate, although not necessarily so intimate as the group's current offering, "The Best Little Whorehouse...
Board Advances Proposal for the Construction of Senior Recreation Center
The O'Fallon Board of Aldermen has taken two steps toward the new Senior Recreation Center, though construction is not scheduled to begin until early next year.At the board meeting Tuesday, aldermen amended the city budget to make available $100,000...
Board Restores Positions, Faces Deficit
Five teachers in the Galactic program and a full-time health coordinator were restored to the Hazelwood School District's new budget after the school board considered protests from nurses and parents.But the new budget still has almost $600,000 in cuts.The...
Bomb on the Dance Floor Michael Jackson's New Album Is a Certifiable Failure -- at Least in This Country
Has the King of Pop turned into the King of Flop?Michael Jackson may be one of pop music's most eccentric performers, but he's also one of its most dependable hit-makers. In addition to having released the highest-selling album in history, 1982's "Thriller,"...
Bonilla Homer in Ninth Clears Roof, Beats Tigers
Bobby Bonilla's leadoff home run in the ninth inning cleared the right-field roof and lifted the Florida Marlins to a 3-2 victory over host Detroit on Tuesday.The loss left the Tigers as the only winless major-league team in interleague play. Detroit...
Book Not Closed on Independents Left Bank Books Stays Close to Neighborhood, Customers
When Barry Leibman talks passionately about Left Bank Books in the Central West End, the word "culture" crops up, as in "I love books. It's as simple as that. I see books as the vehicle to transfer the culture from one generation to another."Or this:...
Brazil Orders A-B to Dissolve Alliance Miller Brewing Also Told to Quit Its Alliance
Anheuser-Busch's intention to become "the world's beer company," as stated in the most recent annual report, was dealt a setback Wednesday. Brazil's antitrust agency ruled that an alliance between A-B and the Antarctica brewing company there must be...
Briefs
PAGE 04A</P><P>THE NATION</P><P>OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING Senate Bars Burial, Veterans Benefits In a measure aimed specifically at convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, the Senate voted 98-0 Wednesday to bar burial and...
Burton Returns as Pba Roll-Player
A familiar face, and voice, to St. Louis bowling fans, Nelson Burton Jr. is taking a little more active role in the sport in 1997 than in recent years.Burton, 55, is making a comeback of sorts on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. He was one...
Business Raises $48,000 for Fund for Alzheimer's
A small business in Bridgeton raised enough money to make a big difference for the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.Kirchner Industries, a concrete and masonry manufacturer, 12901 St. Charles Rock Road, donated $48,000 to the Alzheimer's Association.The...
Butler Offers His Help to Davis Dodger Sympathizes with Cancer Victim
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Brett Butler knows what Eric Davis is going through. He had surgery to remove an inflamed tonsil last year and woke up to find out he had throat cancer.The diagnosis was not a death sentence. Butler underwent successful...
Cards Have Plenty of Nothing Brewers Complete Sweep with 8-4 Win
Andy Benes was in a rare position Wednesday night. He could have scored his 100th victory in nine major-league seasons and he could have won his 20th game in exactly one calendar year, which is no small undertaking in this age of baseball.But, working...
Caregiving Costs U.S. Business $29 Billion
Workers caring for elderly relatives cost their employers as much as $29 billion a year in lost productivity, an expense likely to grow as the population ages, researchers warned Wednesday.The 14.4 million people who juggle jobs to care for the elderly...
Child Custody Change Probably Means Return to Court
Q: I was awarded custody of my 5-year-old daughter four years ago. No child support was awarded from the mother at that time.How would I go about having the custody order changed now to include child-support payments? About how much would this cost?A:...
Choosing Chairs for Dining Table
Q: I recently bought an American Federal-style dining table, which, though not an antique, is at least 60 years old.The rosewood top, 52 inches in diameter, is supported by a large center pedestal. The table needs to seat six people in my apartment's...
Christian Group Pushes for Law against Obscenity
The O'Fallon Board of Aldermen will discuss at its next workshop a means to deal with nearly constant pressure from the St. Charles County Christian Coalition for an ordinance against obscenity.The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Westhoff Meeting...
Coming Back Down to Earth Sponsors Ready Jordan for Life (That's Endorsements) after NBA
Michael Jordan, a man who routinely does things no one else can, soon will face the inevitable: retirement.So will his sponsors.Like smart athletes who prepare for life after sports, the companies that pay the 34-year-old Jordan an estimated $40 million...
Community Calendar
CRAFT SHOWS, BAZAARS and FAIRSSports Collectors Show, 3-8 p.m. F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sa & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Su, DeVous Banquet Center, 2050 Dorsett Village, 892-4737. Get a free autograph from Bobby Hull on Friday, Jack Clark on Saturday or Bob Gibson and Julian...
Concert Features Brahms Horn Trio's Blend of Mellow and Elegant Sounds
The Brahms Horn Trio brings together a unique blend of acoustic musical instruments.The work, scheduled to be performed Monday at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, features the combination of French horn, violin and piano."We are very excited...
Concert Previews
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise,9 p.m. Friday at the Hi-PointePure, unpretentious soul singing backed by the rich, but understated sophistication of a band steeped in the smoothly understated funky soul lessons laid down a quarter century ago by...
Consultant Hired for Project Officials Weigh Tax Breaks for Development near I-170
In the past six months, Jakob Medve has bought 40 houses in Bel-Ridge and is in the process of buying 20 more. He plans to level all 60 to make room for a commercial development off Interstate 170.The Bel-Ridge Board of Trustees last week decided to...
Contracts Approved for Custodial Items, Maintenance Vehicle
The Northwest School Board has approved contracts for custodial equipment and supplies and a maintenance vehicle.The board accepted the recommendation of Dennis Karl, assistant superintendent, to buy custodial equipment from National Sanitary Supply...
Conversation on Race Must Focus on the Future, Avoid Old Rhetoric
Edwin Dorn has rescued me (temporarily, at least) from my skepticism, and I'm prepared to accept that President Bill Clinton's call for a dialogue on race just might do some good.I never saw it as a cynical gesture. My fear was that any attempt at a...
Councilman Charged in Second Sex Assault
A Wood River city councilman who is free on bond in a sexual assault case has been accused of sexually attacking a teen-age girl he hired to clean his house.Anthony V. Stassi, 49, was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault in...
Council Members Change Ruling on Property Conservation Districts
The St. Louis County Council decided recently not to make most agents of homeowners or apartment-building owners in property conservation districts responsible for telling buyers or tenants that they need occupancy permits.Only property owners and managers...
Council to Consider Approving Deal That Would Upgrade Shopping Center
The Ferguson City Council on Tuesday is expected to remove the last major hurdle to rebuilding the Central City shopping center.The council is to consider approving a redevelopment agreement for the $25.7 million project that includes $6.9 million in...
Council Votes to Keep Beer out of Park
Despite pleas from Ferguson Mayor Steven Wegert that selling beer in Forestwood Park would provide the money needed for park improvements, the majority of the City Council said Ferguson should keep alcohol out of the park.The council voted 4-3 against...
Day by Day
TODAYBAND CONCERT - The St. Charles Municipal Band will play at 8 p.m. at the Jaycee Pavilion in Frontier Park, Riverside Drive, St. Charles. Admission is free. Spectators are advised to bring chairs or blankets.FRIDAY FESTIVAL & CRAFTS - Carnival rides,...
Deciding Bills in Committee Draws Fire
Fenton officials have been criticized for writing bills in committee meetings and coming to the Board of Aldermen's meeting with decisions already made.Frances Pickels, resident and former alderman, told the board that those who attended the meeting...
Disney World: For Heterosexuals Only?
No Disney World. No "Hercules." No Peter Jennings. The Southern Baptist Convention decided on Wednesday to just say no to Walt Disney. A majority of the more than 12,000 delegates to the convention has urged its members to boycott Walt Disney and all...
DNA Found Everywhere - from Everybody
People are leaving DNA all over the place - on pens, keys, coffee mugs - and it all can be traced back to them, a new study suggests.That provides a handy tool for investigating crimes, say forensic scientists who recovered DNA from a slew of everyday...
Economy Is Coming Up Roses
The nation's economy is smelling like a rose, with productivity up, inflation a no-show and consumers easing off from their early-year spending binge, according to government reports issued Wednesday.Things were just as nice in St. Louis. The Federal...
Elvis Has Left the Building Searching for the Dead -- and the Nearly So -- on the Web
A few of you more alert readers may have noticed that my prose has been missing from this space for the past couple weeks. What, you may have asked yourself, is going on at GET OUT. Is there some dark conspiracy afoot to deny loyal readers their weekly...
Estrogen Doses Offer Mixed Bag
For older women, the difficult question of whether to take estrogen for the rest of their lives has grown even more complicated.On Wednesday, researchers reported new evidence that estrogen supplements after menopause may cut the risk of Alzheimer's...
Events Listings
SOMETHING SPECIALMoolah Shrine Circus, 7:30 tonight, 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. F; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. Sa and 1 & 5 p.m. Su, Kiel Center, 1401 Clark Ave., 969-1800 or 622-KIEL. The 55th edition showcases the Royal Hanneford Circus. $8-$18.Zoofari `97,...
Ex-Blues Boss Keenan Wants Flyers Job Back
Mike Keenan says he wants to coach the Flyers again and intends to talk with general manager Bob Clarke next week."I'm very interested," Keenan said Tuesday from his summer cottage north of Toronto.The irony is unmistakable. The past two coaches to take...
Ex-Defense Workers Accused in Drug Ring
A shoeshine man and three former Defense Department workers are among 16 people accused of running a $1 million Los Angeles-to-St. Louis cocaine operation that began in 1992.At least 10 of the people indicted had been picked up by Wednesday. The U.S....
Exodus? `Gut-Wrenching' Pressure Can Drive off Coaches
On one bench was Webster Groves' Johnnie Parker and on the other Mehlville's Melvin Williams, two gifted sophomores with the potential to win many games, even a state championship, in three high school basketball seasons.But when their coaches talked...
Fairview Heights Won't Appeal Zoning Change
The Fairview Heights City Council has decided against appealing a court ruling that favors a commercial development on the Zielinski Farm property. The court decision, and the council's vote against an appeal, has angered some residents near the land.The...
Family of Beaten Man Files Suit against City
The family of a mentally retarded man beaten by police in April said Wednesday that they decided to sue the St. Louis Police Board only after the board ignored the family's request for a settlement.The civil rights suit seeks damages from the board and...
Family Stuff & Upcoming Events
FAMILY STUFF Just desserts: What a better way to end a hectic week than to enjoy a slow Saturday afternoon sitting behind a tall, flavorful ice cream creation made better with fruit and a cookie? A seat's waiting for you and the family at the Soulard...
Fighting Crime: It's a Dog's Life for Some Officers
Collinsville has a new dynamic duo patrolling its streets. These highly trained crime fighters are police officer Curt Jackson and his canine partner, Zack.Zack wears a shiny detachable police badge on his dog collar, signifying his official status....
Fire Station Garden Sparks Glowing Admiration
There are many pretty gardens in Kirkwood, but one of the prettiest is in a rather unlikely location. It is the garden, or series of gardens surrounding Kirkwood Fire Department Station No. 3 on Dougherty Ferry Road, and it is the work of an enterprising...
First Nighters at Muny Get Peek at Greatness
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Muny producer Paul Blake, 56, interrupted his dinner of watermelon and bottled water and enthused, "This season - my eighth here - I will sign a 4-year extension to my contract." We chatted a few hours before the steel booms opened...
Follow the Tilelink Road
LOCATION. As most people realize, the concept looms large in the worlds of business, real estate and . . . ceramic tile?Think about it. Placed on the floor between tub and toilet, the resilient rectangles serve as easy-to-scrub models of baked-enamel...
French Villagers Shocked to Find `Very Polite' Neighbor Was Fugitive
In this poor, one-cafe village of rural western France, locals thought Ira Einhorn was a reclusive author who grew vegetables outside the converted mill where he lived with his wife.The American hippie guru had cut his hair, kept a neat goatee and donned...
Full Speed Ahead after a Few Years on the County Fair Circuit, Reo Speedwagon Is Back in the Big Leagues of Outdoor Venues
Kevin Cronin wants REO Speedwagon to be like the Rolling Stones.Don't laugh. Cronin, REO's singer, guitarist and chief songwriter, isn't having delusions of self-importance or implying that REO is capable of the same impact the Stones have made on rock...
Gallery & Exhibit Listings
MAJOR MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITSSt. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, 721-0072, ext. 204. In Galleries 333, 334 and 335: "Roy DeCarava: A Retrospective" covers nearly 50 years of the artist's photographs (through Aug. 10). In Gallery 336: "Ceramic Gestures: New...
Gay Magazine Favors St. Louis
One of the nation's top magazines for gays and lesbians isn't paying attention to Money Magazine ranking St. Louis near the bottom of its list of best places to live.The Advocate, a Los Angeles-based magazine for gays and lesbians, listed St. Louis among...
Getting in the Spirit St. Louis-Native Peggy Pettitt Returns This Week with a New One-Woman Show. She Talks about Growing Up Here and How It Has Influenced Her Work
Women CenterStage concludes its first season with "An Intimate Evening with Peggy Pettitt: IN THE SPIRIT." In the one-woman show -- written by Pettitt and directed by Remy Tissier -- she portrays more than 20 characters in a variety of situations, some...
Gilberto V. Carmona, Pediatrician; Had Practice in St. Louis Area for 35 Years
Dr. Gilberto V. Carmona, a pediatrician in St. Louis for 35 years, died Monday (June 16, 1997) of complications from heart disease at his home in Sunset Hills. He was 72.Dr. Carmona was born in the Philippines. As a teen-ager, he fought the Japanese...
Gingrich Discounts Republican Criticism No Threat to His Leadership, Speaker Says
Flanked by his top deputies, House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he was still in charge and played down reports of internal Republican complaints about his leadership."I went into the conference as speaker . . . They called me Mr. Speaker...
GM Strike Continues as Uaw Extends Deadline by the Hour
As a strike at a General Motors Corp. assembly plant entered its ninth week Wednesday, negotiators searched for a compromise on union demands for more workers.GM and the United Auto Workers also resumed talks to avert a threatened strike at a sheet-metal...
Happenings for the Kids
Beanie Baby Contest, Storybook Castle, Olive and Fee Fee roads, 275-2121. Kids tell the staff at Storybook Castle what your favorite grown-up is willing to do to win a beanie baby for you. The most outlandish entries win. The winners in the first three...
Health Notes
INTERNET WARNINGHome-Abortion Kit On Web Is Dangerous, FDA SaysDo-it-yourself kits promoted on the Internet for home abortions and female self-sterilizations can be lethal and should not be used, the Food and Drug Administration warns. The agency said...
Hear Here Your Eye on Local Music News
Punk BenefitTiger Mountain leader Tony Renner tells us his band will headline a triple-bill to benefit community radio station KDHX at 9 p.m. Friday at the Side Door, 2005 Locust Street downtown."It's supposed to be a show to support punk rock at the...
Help Yourself!
SELECTION of Help Yourself! questions is based on brevity, clarity, variety and suitability.Send your question or answer, including your name, address and phone number and, if providing an answer, the date on which the question appeared to: Help Yourself,...
Highway Officials Consider Moving to New Complex
St. Louis County highway officials are looking at moving out of Clayton, but thus far find about as many reasons to stay as to go.The Department of Highways and Traffic is based on three floors of the former 7-Up Building at 121 South Meramec Avenue...
Homefront This Week: Jazz, Carbaret, Big Band
Saying SomethingWashington University assistant professor of music Ingrid Monson has published a fascinating book on the interplay between the core of the jazz group: drums, bass and piano. "Saying Something: Jazz Improv isation and Interaction" (University...
Hypnosis: A Trip into the Unconscious It's More Than TV Magic Shows
THE word "hypnosis" conjures up all sorts of mystical images. Mention it and people imagine zombies taking any and all suggestion from the all-powerful hypnotist.Most people associate hypnosis with magic acts and television performers. More recently,...
(Illinois) Deaths
Recent deaths in the Metro East area:ALTONLouis A. Akers, 72, Alton precinct committeeman and Madison County Board member, died Wednesday. Funeral 1 p.m. Friday at Elias- Smith. Burial in Upper Alton Cemetery. Memorials to the Diabetes Foundation.BREESE"Jupe"...
In a Snit: Narrow, Knit Ties Made in U.S.A. Are Hard to Find
`SO WHEN ARE you going to write about the totalitarian state of tie-making?" the voice on the phone demanded.It turned out to belong to Jacob L. Stockinger of Madison, Wis., who reported that the last few times he'd gone shopping for new neckties, they...
Inform Court If You Can't Keep Date
Q: If you have a date to appear in court and can't make it because of injuries, what should you do?A: Call your lawyer. If you don't have one, call the court and ask to speak to the clerk of the courtroom where you are supposed to appear. Have your case...
Infrastructure Panel Taking `Cyberthreats' Seriously
"Infrastructure" is one of those numbing words that can glaze eyes, even empty rooms.But a presidential panel that's holding a hearing in St. Louis today defines "infrastructure" dramatically - as America's life-support system. What's more, the panel...
International Effort Aided Capture Officials Say Pakistan Turned in Suspect in CIA Killings
The knock on the hotel room door came at 4 a.m. on the other side of the world. Mir Aimal Kansi, wanted for the attack on CIA workers in 1993, answered the door.Five U.S. agents, somewhere in a remote area near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, burst...
Ionization Purifiers Keep Pool Water Clean
Q: The chlorine chemicals for water in my swimming pool and hot tub are expensive and irritate my eyes and skin. Are ionization (no-chemical) purifiers effective? Also, are they expensive to operate? - R.T.A: Natural ionization water purification with...
Ladue: The Man, the Town, the History
Lynne Orgel may sing Happy Birthday to Peter Albert Ladue today. She would raise a toast, but she doesn't think Ladue was a drinking man.Orgel should know - she has spent several years researching and writing a book about the namesake of the city of...
Mcgraw: Better Than Drunk Karaoke
EverywhereTim McGraw (Curb)Fred Rose, the great songwriter/producer who played editor Maxwell Perkins to Hank Williams' Thomas Wolfe, had some basic advice for the musicians backing ole Hank in the studio. When Hank goes up in pitch, he told them, you...
Merchants Hope `Family Fun Days' Will Enliven Area
An event in downtown Collinsville Friday and Saturday offers sales and entertainment for adults and kids alike.Organizers hope the activities of Family Fun Days and Sales will entice more people to come downtown. The event will feature music, food, beverages,...
Metrolink Tunnel Options Sought Study Will Review Forest Park Route
The city of St. Louis wants to consider options for a new MetroLink route crossing Forest Park other than a previously proposed tunnel bored deep underground.The possibilities could include running some of the MetroLink track across the park's surface...
Middle School to Open along Wycliffe Drive
In a rolling meadow off Independence Road, where cattle now graze on sweet clover, a new school will put stock in the area's future: its children.The Francis Howell School District has announced plans to build a $9.5 million middle school on 26 acres...
Morning Briefing
British Firm Takes Lockheed's Side On Strike FighterBritish Aerospace Plc joined Lockheed Martin Corp. in its race against Boeing Co. to build the Joint Strike Fighter, a project that could be worth more than $200 billion to the winner of the contract.The...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
During the NBA finals, stories were being resurrected about how tough Utah Jazz coach JERRY SLOAN was back when he was a guard with the Chicago Bulls, his opponent in the finals.Well, here's one more tale:NORM VAN LIER, who works on Bulls telecasts,...
Move Brings City Sports off Sidelines
* Aldermanic panel releases $90,000 to the recreational program troubled by the Midnite Basketball scandal.Softball player Chris Barnes may no longer be sidelined to his bed on Saturday mornings.An aldermanic committee decided Wednesday to release $90,000...
Murderer of Child Asks Jury for Mercy
The child molester whose slaying of 7-year-old Megan Kanka led to passage of Megan's Law pleaded with a jury Wednesday to spare his life.Megan's slaying led New Jersey and other states to pass laws that require towns and cities to be notified when a...
Music & Media Video: "Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back in Town"
I don't known what the term "Black Irish" means. My dad told me one thing, and others through the years have approached me with what they figured was the truth. With so many "facts" swirling about an oddly-attractive, ultimately-unimportant term, let...
Neighbors Fear Surgery Center's Plan
Neighbors of an outpatient surgery center that wants to build a three-story addition filled the Creve Coeur City Council chamber Monday night to complain about the proposal.The residents included about 150 people from a nearby subdivision, Runnymede,...
New Site Will Merge Special Services Belleville Cooperative Serving 23 Districts
Special education services in St. Clair County operate out of an administrative center in a cramped white-and-green farmhouse along East Main Street in Belleville.The district runs a school for behaviorally troubled adolescents in an aging school in...
NL Central Goes South in Matchups vs. Al
The American League, especially the Central Division, took a wide advantage after the first week of interleague play but part of that may have been because the AL had 46 home games to just 38 for the National League.Before Wednesday's late games, AL...